Rating: ★★★

Gritty live-action reboot of the Teen Titans franchise, which I know of mostly as an animated serial which I never saw (though I'm not surprised to learn it's also a DC comic series). The Titans seem to have been originally conceived of as a band of sidekicks doing their own thing, but the current cast is of different origins, including a galactic princess and a Dark Lord's daughter.

The first season is heavily centred around Rachel, the aforesaid daughter, who is filled with dangerous dark powers and chased by cultists attempting to use her to draw out her father. Also prominent is Dick Grayson, who is dealing with, uh, how badass he is because of Batman. The second season introduces a clone of Superman and Lex Luthor, but most of the plot revolves around the previous incarnations of the Titans in their struggle against the assassin Deadshot, and the trauma this caused them.

The show is glossy and violent, and fairly inoffensive as something to watch when you don't want to think very much. It suffers somewhat from being torn between being true to its comic-book origins and a desire to be realistic, two goals it doesn't really have time to achieve. Superboy's flying dog, which is almost comically ludicrous yet carried off deadpan, is perhaps the most gratuitous example of this jarring, but there are other points where it comes to the fore. The assemblage of 'the team' in Season 1 is almost natural, except for the introduction of Beast Boy, where a one-off encounter somehow results in Dick and Corey adopting Gar for no clear reason (and it would've been so easy to create one at the end of that episode -- if Gar was thrown out by the Doctor and his presence demanded by Rachel, that would have done it).

The show might be starting to nosedive, but it should be good for comic-book violence for another season or so.